St. Louis, MO, June 01, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Parents as Teachers has named FAMILY, Inc. as the state office charged with expanding and supporting Parents as Teachers services in Iowa. FAMILY joins organizations from more than 30 other states already providing statewide leadership for Parents as Teachers, helping to develop and sustain high-quality Parents as Teachers services for families. FAMILY Executive Director Connie Gronstal will serve as Iowa’s new state office leader.
The Parents as Teachers evidence-based home visiting model currently operates in 32 Iowa counties. As a state office, FAMILY will lead advocacy efforts for Parents as Teachers in Iowa and collaborate with others interested in expanding early learning, child development and parent engagement. It also will support the delivery of training and professional development for early childhood professionals in Iowa and oversee quality tracking for those offering Parents as Teachers services.
“We are excited to embark on this new partnership with FAMILY, which has provided Parents as Teachers services since 1991,” noted Scott Hippert, president and chief executive officer of Parents as Teachers. “Parents as Teachers is the most utilized home visiting model in Iowa, so Connie and the team at FAMILY will be integral in supporting our 51 existing affiliates, as well as continuing to grow Parents as Teachers’ presence throughout the state.”
“FAMILY is very excited to assist sites across Iowa with Parents as Teachers’ model implementation,” said Gronstal. “We have been impressed with the newest enhancements that have been made to the Parents as Teachers curriculum, and look forward to the opportunity to share this information and advocate for Parents as Teachers services for more families across the state.”
About Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers is the trusted resource for professionals and organizations in early childhood and education. Headquartered in St. Louis, our internationally recognized network of affiliates supports hundreds of thousands of families in all 50 states as well as seven other countries. Through a proven parent education model featuring in-home visits with parents and their children, Parents as Teachers affiliates equip parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. Parents as Teachers has one of only nine home visiting models approved by the federal government through the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. For more information, visit www.ParentsAsTeachers.org.
About FAMILY, Inc.
FAMILY, Inc. was founded in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1991 as a cornerstone of family support in Pottawattamie County. FAMILY helps parents become their child’s first and most influential teacher through education and empowerment during their child’s crucial early years of life. The organization serves families with children prenatal to five years, through visits to homes, shelters and other community settings. For more information, visit www.FamilyIA.org.